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September 22, 1992
Horse race game apparatus
A horse game apparatus includes a game board formed with spaced game path
spaces initiating a race from a first end to a second end of the game
board, wherein a predetermined number of tokens are associated with a
predetermined number of dice and to include wagering tokens, as well as
run-off tokens, whereupon a roll of the predetermined number of dice
permits movement of a token, with each token designated an indicia number
of the dice, wherein each dice includes indicia including each number such
as the numbers 1-6 of a conventional die member.
Mazza; Peter A. (Rte. 6, Box 526, Dahlonega, GA 30533);
Kirk; Jasper (235 Valley Dr., Roswell, GA 30075)
November 25, 1991|
|Current U.S. Class:
||273/246; 273/291 |
||A63F 003/00; A63F 009/14|
|Field of Search:
273/246,86 A,86 R,86 D,291
U.S. Patent Documents
|2629602||Feb., 1953||Bach et al.||273/246.
|Foreign Patent Documents|
Primary Examiner: Layno; Benjamin
Attorney, Agent or Firm: Gilden; Leon
What is claimed as being new and desired to be protected by Letters Patent
of the United States is as follows:
1. A horse race game apparatus, comprising,
a game board, the game board including a first end wall, a second end wall,
a first side wall, and a second side wall defining a generally rectilinear
configuration, with a starting row space arranged contiguously along the
first end wall on a top surface of the game board, with an ending row
space arranged contiguously with the second end wall on the top surface of
the game board, and
spaced parallel game path spaces directed between the starting row space
and the ending row space, and
a predetermined number of dice members, and
a dice cup arranged for reception of the dice members, and
a plurality of tokens equal to the predetermined number, and
a plurality of wagering discs, and
each of the tokens afforded a number from one to the predetermined number,
and each dice member including a digital representation on the dice member
from one to the predetermined number, whereupon directing of the dice
members from the dice cup, the tokens are moved forwardly when a dice
member indicates a digital representation in association with a token, and
the starting row space is demarcated into a plurality of starting spaces
equal to the predetermined number, and wherein the starting row space
includes a starting space first starting side wall contiguously joined to
the first side wall coextensive with the starting row space oriented
orthogonally relative to the game board top surface, and a second starting
side wall parallel to the first starting side wall arranged contiguously
with the second side wall coextensive with the starting row space, wherein
the first starting side wall and the second starting side wall are of a
predetermined height, and the starting row space includes a plurality of
intermediate side walls orthogonally oriented to the game board top
surface between the first starting side wall and the second starting side
wall and parallel to the first starting side wall and the second starting
side wall coextensive therewith to define the plurality of starting spaces
in the starting row space, and
a support axle pivotally mounted parallel to the game board top surface
mounted orthogonally to the first starting side wall and the second
starting side wall and positioned above an intersection defined by the
starting row space and an adjacent game path space of said plurality of
game path spaces, and a starting axle lever fixedly mounted to a first
distal end of the support axle, the starting lever positioned adjacent to
and exteriorly of the first starting side wall, wherein the starting axle
lever includes a lever lower peg mounted adjacent a lower distal end of
the support axle lever, and the first starting side wall includes a
plurality of first starting side wall pegs, and each of the first starting
side wall pegs is positioned at varying positions relative to the support
axle, and a spring mounted between the lever lower peg and one of the
plurality of first starting side wall pegs, and
a plurality of axle plates, each axle plate mounted orthogonally relative
to the starting axle and extending over a starting space of said plurality
of starting spaces, and each axle plate defined by a predetermined height
equal to the predetermined height of the first starting side wall and the
second starting side wall, and each axle plate including a plate rod
orthogonally mounted to said axle plate and wherein each wagering disc
includes a wagering disc bore directed therethrough permitting each
wagering disc to be positioned onto one of said axle plate rods.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The field of invention relates to game apparatus, and more particularly
pertains to a new and improved horse race game apparatus wherein the same
is arranged for simulation of wagering thereof.
2. Description of the Prior Art
Games and horse race games in particularly have been utilized throughout
the prior art for the entertainment and amusement of individuals. Such
apparatus is exemplified in U.S. Pat. No. 4,955,617 to Mason, Jr., et al.;
U.S. Pat. No. 4,881,740 to Odhner; and U.S. Pat. No. 4,966,371. A horse
race game structure is set forth in U.S. Pat. No. 4,629,568 to Welsh
utilizing various chips to associate wagering in a horse racing event.
As such, it may be appreciated that there continues to be a need for a new
and improved horse race game apparatus as set forth by the instant
invention which addresses both the problems of each of use as well as
effectiveness in construction and in this respect, the present invention
substantially fulfills this need.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known types of game
apparatus now present in the prior art, the present invention provides a
horse race game apparatus wherein the same is arranged for the simulation
of a horse racing event. As such, the general purpose of the present
invention, which will be described subsequently in greater detail, is to
provide a new and improved horse race game apparatus which has all the
advantages of the prior art game apparatus and none of the disadvantages.
To attain this, the present invention provides a horse game apparatus
including a game board formed with spaced path spaces initiating a race
from a first end to a second end of the game board, wherein a
predetermined number of tokens are associated with a predetermined number
of dice and to include wagering tokens, as well as run-off tokens,
whereupon a roll of the predetermined number of dice permits movement of a
token, with each token designated an indicia number of the dice, wherein
each dice includes indicia including each number such as the numbers 1-6
of a conventional die member.
My invention resides not in any one of these features per se, but rather in
the particular combination of all of them herein disclosed and claimed and
it is distinguished from the prior art in this particular combination of
all of its structures for the functions specified.
There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features
of the invention in order that the detailed description thereof that
follows may be better understood, and in order that the present
contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are, of course,
additional features of the invention that will be described hereinafter
and which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.
Those skilled in the art will appreciate that the conception, upon which
this disclosure is based, may readily be utilized as a basis for the
designing of other structures, methods and systems for carrying out the
several purposes of the present invention. It is important, therefore,
that the claims be regarded as including such equivalent constructions
insofar as they do not depart from the spirit and scope of the present
Further, the purpose of the foregoing abstract is to enable the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office and the public generally, and especially the
scientists, engineers and practitioners in the art who are not familiar
with patent or legal terms or phraseology, to determine quickly from a
cursory inspection the nature and essence of the technical disclosure of
the application. The abstract is neither intended to define the invention
of the application, which is measured by the claims, nor is it intended to
be limiting as to the scope of the invention in any way.
It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a new and
improved horse race game apparatus which has all the advantages of the
prior art game apparatus and none of the disadvantages.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a new and improved
horse race game apparatus which may be easily and efficiently manufactured
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a new and
improved horse race game apparatus which is of a durable and reliable
An even further object of the present invention is to provide a new and
improved horse race game apparatus which is susceptible of a low cost of
manufacture with regard to both materials and labor, and which accordingly
is then susceptible of low prices of sale to the consuming public, thereby
making such horse race game apparatus economically available to the buying
Still yet another object of the present invention is to provide a new and
improved horse race game apparatus which provides in the apparatuses and
methods of the prior art some of the advantages thereof, while
simultaneously overcoming some of the disadvantages normally associated
These together with other objects of the invention, along with the various
features of novelty which characterize the invention, are pointed out with
particularity in the claims annexed to and forming a part of this
disclosure. For a better understanding of the invention, its operating
advantages and the specific objects attained by its uses, reference should
be had to the accompanying drawings and descriptive matter in which there
is illustrated preferred embodiments of the invention.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
The invention will be better understood and objects other than those set
forth above will become apparent when consideration is given to the
following detailed description thereof. Such description makes reference
to the annexed drawings wherein:
FIG. 1 is an orthographic top view of the game board of the invention.
FIG. 2 is an isometric illustration of an associated dice cup utilized by
FIG. 3 is an isometric illustration of the dice members utilized by the
FIG. 4 is an isometric illustration of wagering chips utilized by the
FIG. 5 is an isometric illustration of a token utilized by the invention of
a plurality of such tokens.
FIG. 6 is an isometric illustration of a wagering cup afforded each player
in use of the invention.
FIGS. 7 and 8 are isometric illustrations of first and second cups to
contain wagering quantities therewithin.
FIG. 9 is an isometric illustration of modified wagering chips utilized by
FIG. 10 is an isometric illustration of a modified starting apparatus
utilized by the invention.
FIG. 11 is an orthographic view, taken along the lines 11--11 of FIG. 10 in
the direction indicated by the arrows.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
With reference now to the drawings, and in particular to FIGS. 1 to 11
thereof, a new and improved horse race game apparatus embodying the
principles and concepts of the present invention and generally designated
by the reference numerals 11-40 will be described.
More specifically, the horse race game apparatus of the invention includes
a game board 11, including a first end wall 12 spaced from a second end
wall 13 and a first side wall 14 spaced from a second side wall 15
defining a rectilinear configuration. The game board 11 includes an ending
row space 17 arranged contiguously with the first end wall 12 and an
ending row space 17 spaced contiguously relative to the second end wall
13. Spaced game path spaces 18 arranged in a parallel relationship between
the starting row space 16 and the end row space 17, including spaces 18a
arranged along the first side wall 14. A dice cup 19 is provided to
include the shaking of a plurality of dice members 20 defined by a
predetermined number substantially equal to six. The six dice members are
arranged to coincide with the predetermined number of tokens 21 as six
tokens. The tokens are thusly picked to provide for a token associated
with each digit of the dice members, such that each dice members of the
plurality of dice members 20 includes digit representations from 1-6 and
accordingly six players and six tokens are thusly provided. Wagering disc
cups 23 are arranged with one afforded each player to contain a plurality
of wagering discs 22, with an equal number given each player of the
predetermined number of players and more specifically, the six players. A
respective first and second storage wagering cup 24 and 25 is provided to
define a respective "winner's" cup and a "race-off winner's cup" to
contain in usage of the game storage of a prize afforded a winner of a
OBJECT: The object of the game is to become the wealthiest player through
luck and skillful wagering.
EQUIPMENT: The equipment consists of a race board, six numbered racers, a
predetermined number (such as six for example) of dice, a dice cup, one
winner cup, one race-off winner's cup, numbered wagering chips, six
numbered token cups, and a predetermined number of different numbered
racer tokens, such as six for example.
PREPARATION: Place the board on a table, on one side place the two winner's
kitty cups in a row. On the opposite side of the race board place the six
numbered token cups in a row and fill each cup with the respective
numbered tokens. Place the six numbered racers before the start line in
their respective numbered positions. Place the six dice in the dice cup
and place the cup in the center of the race board. Select a banker from
the players. The banker then distributes an arbitrary quantity of wagering
chips such as 25 wager chips to each player. Game play is then initiated.
The banker selected should be a player who is familiar with the rules of
the game. If more than ten persons are playing, the banker may elect to
act only as the banker for each of the races, and may select another
player as an assistant banker to facilitate the banker's duties.
BANKER'S DUTIES: The banker is in charge of the game. The banker's duties
include 1) Declares a time limit or specifies the number of races in the
game; 2) Distribution of 25 wager chips to each player in the game; 3)
Declares a value of the wager chip before the first race; 4) Maintains the
race-off winner's kitty cup and distributes winnings to winners.
WAGERING: Each player chooses the racers numbered from one to six on which
they want to place a wager. Each player may wager as many wager chips per
number as desired, and may select to place wagers on any number of racers
up to all six. For each wager chip wagered, the player extracts one token
from the appropriately numbered token cup. For each numbered token the
player must give the banker one wager chip. The banker places all chips
wagered in the winner's cup.
STARTING A RACE: The players select the player who will roll the dice for
the first race. (For the second and subsequent races of the game, the dice
cup is passed to the next player on the left)
The player who rolls the dice, shakes the dice in the cup and allows the
dice to spill out on the table. When the dice come to rest, the dice
roller then calls out to the banker the results of the dice roll, starting
with the lower numbers first, i.e., one-1, three-3's, one-4, one-6. The
banker or assistant banker then moves the individual numbered racers
forward toward the finish line the exact number of positions called. The
same player continues rolling the dice until the race is finished.
RACE WINNER: Is determined when the first numbered racer reaches the finish
TIES: In the event two or more racers reach the finish line on the same
roll of the dice, the one with the most calls on the dice shall be
declared the winner. If there is still a tie, the dice must be rolled
again until the race-off racer with the most calls on the dice is
determined and declared the winner. (see FIG. 2), in this situation racers
2 and 5 tied on the finish line with the same number of calls on the dice.
The dice are rolled again and reveal that the number 2 racer is the winner
of the race as this racer had more calls than the number 5 racer. In this
roll-off the numbers 3 and 4 do not count.
WINNING WAGERS: All players holding racer number 2 tokens are winners and
share equally in the wager chips contained in the winner's cup. The banker
determines from the winning players the total number of winning tokens
held. The contents of the winner's cup are counted and totaled by the
banker who then divides the total number of tokens into the total amount
contained in the winner's cup, distributing one equal share for each token
held. Any odd wager chips remaining are placed in the race-off winners
kitty cup and remaining there until the last regular race of the game is
RACE-OFF: After the banker declares the last regular race of the game, one
final race is held and the winners holding the winning racer tokens of the
race-off share equally in the amount of wager chips contained in the
race-off winners cup.
No additional wagering is permitted for the race-off race. The banker
determines the total number of players in the game. If there are 12
players, the banker removes two of each numbered racer tokens from the
token cups and places them in the dice cup. Each player is allowed to draw
one unseen token from the cup and that number becomes the player's racer
for the race-off race. (In the event there are more than six players for
the race-off race, but the total number is not divisible by 6, the banker
selects at random which duplicate token numbers are to be used so that
each player has one numbered token).
The race-off race is played the same as a regular race. The holders of the
winning racer token share equally in the winnings contained in the
race-off winner's cup.
GRAND WINNER: The player with the most wager chips after the race-off race.
END OF GAME: A player retires from the game when out of wager chips.
GAME VARIATIONS: Let us go to the races can be played with many variations
in wagering. Win, Place, Show kitties can be established as well as Exacta
and Trifecta and Quinella winnings.
The FIGS. 10 and 11 illustrate a modified starting space 16a. The starting
space includes parallel intermediate spaced side walls 28 arranged at
predetermined intervals between starting side wall 30 mounted orthogonally
and integrally coextensive with the starting space 16a along the first
side wall 14 and including a second starting side wall 31 mounted
coextensively along the starting space 16a and the second side wall 15.
Further, the plurality of starting spaces 33 is defined between the
intermediate side walls 28 and the first and second starting side walls 30
and 31 to contain a token 21 therewithin. Each token 21 includes a
pedestal base and a simulation representing a mounted horse, to include a
horse and jockey thereon. Each token as noted is representative of each
player in playing the game. Support axle 34 is pivotally mounted parallel
to and coextensive with an intersection of the first starting space 16a
and an adjacent game path space 18 spaced above the first and second
starting side walls 30 and 31. A support axle lever 35 fixedly mounted to
a first distal end of the axle 34 adjacent to and exteriorly of the first
starting side wall 30 includes a lever lower peg 36 mounted thereon
cooperative with one of a plurality of first starting side wall pegs 37.
The starting side wall pegs 37 are arranged at varying distances relative
to a forward edge of the first starting side wall 30. A spring 38 is
directed between the lever lower peg 36 and one of the first side wall
pegs 37 to provide for varying tension applied to the lever 35 and
maintain the lever in a first vertical orientation, as illustrated in FIG.
10. Displacement of the lever to a second position projecting the tokens
21 from between the walls 28, 30, and 31 is provided by an axle plate 39
fixedly and orthogonally mounted relative to the axle 34 positioned
between adjacent walls of the side walls 28, 30, and 31 and above an
associated starting space 33. Each axle plate 29 includes an axle plate
rod 40 projecting orthogonally and upwardly thereto, wherein modified
torroidal wagering discs 26 are provided, with each disc including a
central disc bore 27, wherein upon sufficient wagering represented by the
discs 26 placed upon the rods 40, the weight will thusly direct the axle
plates 39 downwardly to project the tokens 21 forwardly of the starting
spaces 33 as the axle plates 39 are of a predetermined length
substantially equal to a predetermined height defined by the first and
second starting side walls 30 and 31. Spring tension directed to the
spring 38 may be varied by positioning the spring 38 at various of the
starting first side wall pegs 37 to modify the amount of discs 26 required
to be positioned on the rods 40.
As to the manner of usage and operation of the instant invention, the same
should be apparent from the above disclosure, and accordingly no further
discussion relative to the manner of usage and operation of the instant
invention shall be provided.
With respect to the above description then, it is to be realized that the
optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of the invention, to
include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of
operation, assembly and use, are deemed readily apparent and obvious to
one skilled in the art, and all equivalent relationships to those
illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are
intended to be encompassed by the present invention.
Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the
principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and
changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired
to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and
described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may
be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.